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* NetworkDecay: Oy.
** In October 1997, the network lost the rights to every show from the Creator/MarkGoodson-Bill Todman library except ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' and the 1994-95 season of ''Series/FamilyFeud'' (where Richard Dawson returned). This time was called the Dark Period (after a station ID used during the era with a light-colored logo against a dark background), and to be fair it resulted in several lesser-known games being aired (''The Diamond Head Game'', ''Juvenile Jury'', ''Pass The Buck'', etc.) that the network didn't really show otherwise. The Goodson-Todman shows returned in April 1998, but there was less variety for a while on the daily schedule and some programs remained MIA.
*** ''Faux Pause'', an original series during the Dark Period, attempted to be "''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' [[XMeetsY does]] [[SoBadItsGood bad]] {{Game Show}}s" and fell on its face. Two {{Jerkass}} "hosts" who clearly didn't know or care about game shows mocked either classics or cult favorites by way of "jokes" that were usually corny and sometimes went into offensiveness (the ''Series/HotPotato'' episode being a particularly {{egregious}} example). Had they not shown a few genuine rarities (the 1975 ''Hollywood Connection'' pilot, an episode of the 1980 ''Camouflage'', two episodes of ''[[Series/BullseyeUS Bullseye]]'', and a still-shot of the slate from the only surviving episode of ''Series/WinningStreak''), this travesty would've been long since forgotten.
** Then came an onslaught of lame original programming (''[[Series/TheGongShow Extreme Gong]]'', ''Throut and Neck'', ''D.J. Games'') plus the beginning of credit crunches and editing out fee plugs, which would go on to continue to plague the network for classic game show fans. The rights to ''Price'' would be lost for good in April 2000, and vintage black-and-white shows of the 1950-69 era became rarer still. The quality of the network has been fluctuating ever since.
** The March 15, 2004 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96Ud4FMbGgI switch]] from Game Show Network to GSN, which led to reality, casino, and other "games" quickly debuting on the schedule.
** The 2009 ''Game Show Awards'', hosted by Howie Mandel with Rich Fields as announcer, invited a metric ton of game show celebs and attempted to play up the cheese factor (walking the shag carpet!). Unfortunately, several factors made sure it didn't improve most game show fans' opinion of GSN:
*** Before the special was taped, Bob Barker said he wouldn't show up to receive his Legend Award if Creator/BettyWhite was there (they had gotten into an animal-rights argument over where a particular elephant should be living). While GSN pandered to him, Betty appeared in a pretaped message paying tribute to Creator/MarkGoodson.
*** The opening segment, where Mandel meets Barker, has the latter supposedly being God (an idea which provided some fun for game show fans) and Howie [[AllJustADream waking up]] to see Bob [[HoYay in bed next to him]]. While filming the bedroom scene, Barker joked (we hope) that "[[{{Squick}} This is how my Beauties got their jobs!]]" ''Damn'', Barker.
*** The results were very obviously rigged, with awards typically going to whomever GSN could get to show up. While it was mentioned on the voting page that the producers had final say on the winners (itself idiotic), fans cried '''major''' foul when Mandel/Fields got Best Host/Announcer and ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' beat out the veterans for Best Game Show.
*** Minigames were interspersed throughout, but had the '''dumbest''' people as contestants, particularly the mess that was "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVfsgEo6li4 Name It/Claim It]]"
** A 2010 poll on GSN's website asked viewers whether they wanted to see A) Wish-Fulfillment Reality Shows or B) Decades-Old Reruns of Game Shows. [[SarcasmMode Clearly, no bias was present.]]
** The debacle that was ''Big Saturday Night'', consisting of ''20Q'', ''The Money List'', and a bunch of wraparound segments hosted by people who had no idea how to host a game show. Including some painfully unfunny skits that seemed to insult the genre's fans. Not even condensing the wraparounds into its own half-hour slot worked.
** There are constant debates on what should and shouldn't be on the schedules (search for "GSN Dream Schedule").
*** All of this helped enforce the GameShow genre's current DorkAge, and Fremantle Media finally begin broadcasting their own game show channel, Buzzr, which currently features the classic shows GSN hasn't really broadcast in a while except for mornings. It remains to be seen if GSN's NetworkDecay threatens to derail their position with Buzzr now in the equation as a competing channel.
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